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US cannabis business licenses down 6% in first quarter of 2024

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The number of active U.S. cannabis business licenses continued to shrink in early 2024, according to CRB Monitor, a marijuana intelligence firm that tracks and monitors licenses in the regulated industry.

Total active licenses – including those in regulated medical and recreational marijuana markets – fell 6% from the fourth quarter of 2023 and by 10% from the first quarter of last year.

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The latest licensing numbers mark the fifth consecutive quarter of declines; the number of business permits began shrinking in 2022.

License totals declined on a year-over-year basis for the first time in 2023, when the number of active permits fell 4% compared to 2022 numbers.

The licensing declines come after years of nearly double-digit growth in the rapidly expanding marijuana

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Marijuana lab testing accuracy improving, study in new science journal finds

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Marijuana testing labs’ ability to detect pesticides on plant material improved over the course of a four-year study.

The study, shared exclusively with MJBizDaily and reMind in conjunction with the launch of the Cannabis and Psychedelic Science Journal (CAPS Journal), analyzed nearly 350 pesticide test results collected from accredited testing labs between 2019 and 2023.

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The number of tests found to accurately measure pyrethrin and pyrethroid compounds – common insecticides that are part of some states’ mandated third-party marijuana testing regimen – improved from 89% in spring 2019 to an overall average of 94% across all eight data points.

“The ability of ATLs (analytical testing laboratories) in the cannabis industry to detect and quantify pesticides has improved over a four-year period,” according to

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New York court issues record $15 million fine to unlicensed cannabis operator

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A New York court has ordered David Tulley to pay a $15.2 million fine for operating six unlicensed cannabis stores in Cayuga, Oswego and Wayne counties, the largest penalty levied in a multiagency effort to curb illicit operations statewide.

Tulley, the owner of the I’m Stuck stores and two additional unlicensed shops in Monroe County, had been operating without a license since early 2022, according to a news release.

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Despite receiving cease-and-desist letters from the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and notices of violations, he continued to operate his stores, describing them as “consulting” businesses, state regulators said.

In response to Tulley defying the cease-and-desist order, the OCM inspected his stores in June and July 2023 and seized an undisclosed amount of

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Tribally owned marijuana store numbers up 25% since 2023

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(This is a contributed guest column. To be considered as an MJBizDaily guest columnist, please submit your request here.)

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Marijuana businesses owned and operated by Native American tribes experienced strong growth in the past year.

Tribally owned cannabis retailers have continued to open across the United States as tribes have looked to diversify their economies, assert their sovereignty and seize the first-to-market advantage in certain states.

The U.S. government recognizes 574 Native American tribes, and roughly 350 are in the contiguous 48 states.

As sovereign nations, tribes’ marijuana laws might differ from state statutes that are applicable off tribal lands.

Tribal laws can be more restrictive – such as banning cannabis use even in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized – but they also can be more permissive than state laws.

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